Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Gardner-Webb University offers an academic program requiring a minimum of 128 credit hours of credit for the bachelor’s degree. The degree consists of a major field of concentration in the liberal arts or in a professional or pre-professional area, a General Education program, and elective courses. To earn a baccalaureate degree the student completes the academic program on the following pages.

General Education Requirements

Consistent with the best practices of the higher education community, Gardner-Webb University’s General Education curriculum includes a series of broad and intensive learning experiences. These experiences have been carefully designed to meet a diverse set of learning goals, which in turn have been developed on the basis of the University’s mission and heritage. Specifically, the faculty has identified seven major learning goals as the intended outcome of the General Education curriculum.

Certain majors may require specific General Education courses. While a course may fulfill a requirement in both the General Education curriculum and the major field of study, credit hours for the course can only be counted toward one or the other. Prescribed General Education courses, as identified by the specific major, are typically prerequisites or provide foundational knowledge for advanced courses in the major. Taking them to fulfill General Education requirements provides the most efficient way to progress toward the completion of the degree. Consult with the school/department of the major to determine specific guidelines for General Education course selection.

Students who complete their studies at Gardner-Webb University will

  1. Demonstrate skill and competency in reasoning critically and creatively. Critical reasoning refers to the ability to evaluate arguments, evidence and data that results in creative problem-solving. Appropriate use of information resources is an important component in the achievement of this goal;
  2. Utilize skills in clear and effective communication;
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the foundational components of human civilization, including history, the social sciences, literature, languages, religion, the fine arts, and other areas of intellectual inquiry that sustain a free society. The General Education curriculum provides students with foundational knowledge of the Western tradition and the larger global community;
  4. Exhibit proficiency in quantitative and qualitative reasoning and analysis. Quantitative reasoning refers principally to the ability to apply mathematical skills and concepts to process quantifiable information and to analyze and model the world around us. Qualitative reasoning refers principally to the ability to evaluate deductive and inductive inferences in arguments particularly as they pertain to problems of behavior or meaning;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical and life sciences. Students will use the scientific method to develop conclusions based on quantifiable and verifiable attributes of the physical universe. They will be able to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in the life and physical sciences;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and principles of holistic wellness necessary for the development of personal health and well-being; and
  7. Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the biblical foundations of the Christian faith central to the mission and purpose of Gardner-Webb University.

Because of the Christian nature of Gardner-Webb’s identity and mission (see point seven above), it requires all bachelor’s degree-seeking students, including transfers, to earn credit (whether at Gardner-Webb or another institution under transfer or transient credit policies) for REL 300: Introduction to the Old Testament and REL 301: Introduction to the New Testament. Therefore, these two courses are designated upper division General Education Requirements.

The General Education curriculum is divided into six fundamental dimensions of learning:

I. Dimensions of Humanities (10-13 Hours)

Composition (6 hours)

ENG 101Composition I

3

ENG 102Composition II

3

All students accepted for admission to the Degree Completion Program must complete ENG 101 and ENG 102. Students who do not meet the requirement for English Composition must complete these courses no later than their second semester of enrollment.

Literature (3 Hours)
One of the following:
ENG 311British Literature Survey I

3

ENG 312British Literature Survey II

3

ENG 312British Literature Survey II

3

ENG 332American Literature Survey II

3

ENG 351World Literature I

3

ENG 352World Literature II

3

Oral Communications (0-3 Hours)
For student who have not met this competency through previous coursework, this requirement can be met by taking BAD 325, EDU 450, or BKE 440; no additional hours required if taken as part of major requirement.
Information Literacy (1 Hour)
LIB 301Information Literacy

1

II. Dimensions of Faith (6 Hours)

Biblical Studies

REL 300Old Testament Survey

3

REL 301New Testament Survey

3

III. Dimensions of Heritage (6 Hours)

At least one course transferred in or taken at Gardner-Webb must be a History course.

 

Western Heritage

HIS 301Issues in Western Civilization, Pre-History to 1715

3

HIS 302Issues in Western Civilization, Since 1715

3

Global Heritage

SSC 305Global Understanding

3

American Heritage

HIS 319The United States in the Twentieth Century

3

IV. Dimensions of Self (6 Hours)

Health and Physical Education (3 Hours)

HPE 338Health Maintenance, Promotion and Wellness

3

Aesthetics (3 Hours)

ART 307Art Survey

3

MUS 320Survey of Music

3

FRE 300Aspects of French Culture and Language

3

SPN 300Aspects of Hispanic Culture and Language

3

GER 300Aspects of German Culture and Language

3

V. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry (6 Hours)

Two standard college courses in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, etc., may be used to satisfy the requirements.

Physical Science

SCI 302Physical Science

3

SCI 322Environment

3

Life Science

SCI 303Human Biology

3

VI. Dimension of Quantitative Analysis (3 hours)

MTH 316Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability

3

MTH 320Math for the Liberal Arts

3

English Composition Requirement Enrollment Policy

Students who have not completed the English composition requirement (i.e., earned credit for ENG 101 or ENG 102/ENG 300 from an institution previously attended) must register for ENG 101 beginning with their first semester of enrollment at Gardner-Webb and remain enrolled in ENG 101 until they have earned a passing grade in this course. These students must then enroll in ENG 102 beginning in the semester immediately following their successful completion of ENG 101 and remain enrolled in ENG 102 until they have earned credit for this course. Students may not withdraw from ENG 101 or ENG 102 except in rare and extraordinary circumstances. The Chair of the English Department and the Associate Provost for Arts and Sciences must both approve any such extraordinary requests to withdraw from ENG 101 or ENG 102. Students who are withdrawing from all classes are not required to secure this permission but should communicate their intention to withdraw from the University to their success coach and/or faculty advisor before submitting the "Withdrawal Form" available in WebbConnect.

The Major

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must choose a major field of study. Requirements for each major are listed within each department or school.

A student may elect to complete more than one major. To do this the student meets the requirements of a primary major plus 30 credit hours or more in a secondary field as approved by the dean/chair of the secondary major. No course may be counted in both majors. A student graduating with a double major receives only one degree, that of the primary major. However, the transcript denotes both primary and secondary majors. A transfer student must complete at least one half of the major(s) at Gardner-Webb.

Certain majors may require specific General Education courses. While a course may fulfill a requirement in both the General Education curriculum and the major field of study, credit hours for the course can only be counted toward one or the other. Prescribed General Education courses, as identified by the specific major, are typically prerequisites or provide foundational knowledge for advanced courses in the major. Taking them to fulfill General Education requirements provides the most efficient way to progress toward the completion of the degree. Consult with the school/department of the major to determine specific guidelines for General Education course selection.

The Minor

The completion of a minor is not a general graduation requirement at Gardner-Webb, unless the student’s major requires the completion of a minor. Students enrolled in a major not requiring a minor may elect to complete a minor offered by the University and have that minor reflected on the transcript. A minimum of nine hours of the minor must be taken from Gardner-Webb University. Requirements for minors are found in this catalog.

Any deviation from Catalog course requirements of a minor must be approved in advance by the chair or dean of the minor department or school and filed with the Degree Evaluator in Registrar Services.

The following minor fields are available: Computer Information Systems; Healthcare Administration; Management, Marketing; Fire Service Administration; Criminal Justice Administration; Human Services; and Professional Education (available for areas of licensure only).